- Wash the hands into mud volcano
Home to nearly a third of the world’s mud volcanoes, Azerbaijan features a messy, bubbling, and sometimes explosive landscape. It is more entertaining than it sounds – even when activity is at a low ebb, you get the eerie feeling that the volcanoes are alive. Moreover, normally the peaceful site is completely deserted.
- Take a bath with Naftalan oil
Naftalan oil is unsurpassed unique factor in the medical world. Naftalan – is a thick liquid consistency of black-and- brown color with a distinctive smell. In oil-rich Azerbaijan, people bathe in the black stuff.
- Night walk at Nizami street
Named after former Azerbaijani poet, Nizami Ganjavi, the 3.5 kilometre-street (2 miles) forms the main shopping district. As you stroll through, pay close attention as the architecture changes from the baroque, neo-gothic, and neo-renaissance facades and to more mundane Stalinesque styles.
- Wave a carpet in the State Carpet museum
The Museum is a treasury of Azerbaijani national culture. It demonstrated carpets in close connection with other kinds of traditional handicrafts of Azerbaijan. Its collection includes about 14 000 traditional carpets, embroideries, costumes, copper artworks, jewellery art, as well as contemporary works of glass, wood, and felt.
- Conquer all stairs at the Cultural Center named after Heydar Aliyev
Many of those who happened to see the design of the Heydar Aliyev Center for the first time had hard times to believe that such a project might ever come true. Recognized as one of the world’s masterpieces in architecture, the Heydar Aliyev Center has immediately grown into a signature architectural landmark of modern Baku. Zaha Hadid, the author of the building’s design, is a worldwide recognized architect and the winner of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize.
- Discuss the life with the local citizen of the Old City
The best memories Azerbaijan can offer you come from their citizens, the most affordable and unique people. The testifiers of different regimes, they can explain you azeri lifestyle and mentality and teach you how to drink hot tea in the summer with 40℃.
- Meet sunrise in Mughanly pass
Unforgettable landscape, wild life and peaceful animals will wait you early morning if you decide to hike around Caucasus Mountains crossing the Mughanly pass. It is not the most isolated olace, but here you can easily understand the dimension of the Great Caucasus Raw.
- Taste traditional sweets
Azerbaijan is proud of its numerous sweets. You can find here thousands of types of baklava, each region has its own and everything made with sugar and nuts. The best sweets you can find in small family shops or in Sheki town, the Capital of the sweets and silk.
- Bargain at local bazar
In Azerbaijan you will not find fancy bazars in traditional oriental style, but the spirit of local markets in unusual as well. The most important rule of each local market is bargain, in spite of you buy black caviar or wool socks waved by an old lady from the mountain village. The discount will not be such a big that you expect, but it is a lifestyle of each earnest seller.
- Travel around all country
Such a big number of tourist come to Azerbaijan only because Baku, the biggest and most developed city, but is a greatest error. Baku is beautiful, that is right, but does not transmit the spirit of the country. You have to compare the natural beauty, the smoke smell and samovar tea with jam with the urban life to understand that the real life of Azerbaijan is concentrated into traditions and hospitality of its citizens.